SF Giants Prospects

Giants select Brett Jackson and Ramon Del Orbe in Rule-5 Draft

By Jacob Fagan

The San Francisco Giants were quiet at the Winter Meetings losing out on Jon Lester and other big names, but didn’t leave without making some kind of move. They selected 26-year old outfielder Brett Jackson and 22-year old pitcher Ramon Del Orbe, who will have to stay on the Triple-A roster or on the primary roster for the entire 2015 season in order to keep them in the organization past 2015.

Left-handed bat Jackson is a former first rounder by the Cubs, later traded to the Diamondbacks in 2014 and can play all the outfield positions. He only has 147 plate appearances at the big league level posting a 71 OPS+ and .630 OPS. In the minors he has a career slash of .263/.358/.448 with 67 home runs, 105 stolen bases, .805 OPS, and a 77 wRC+ in 589 games. Here’s video of Jackson at Spring Training with the Cubs in 2013:

Orbe, RHP, hasn’t seen the big league level, but has thrown over 400 innings in the minors. In 2014, he had a 3.70 ERA in 56 innings for High-A and Low-A ball for the Marlins. In his minor league career he has a 3.94 ERA while striking out 299 and walking 171. He will likely be a reliever for the River Cats as he didn’t start one game in 2014. Here’s video of Orbe with Greensboro in 2013: